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Mkulumadzi Lodge
Mkulumadzi Lodge
Mkulumadzi Lodge

Reviews of Mkulumadzi

Wildlife sightings and reviews

26 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Mkulumadzi and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa

Wildlife sightings by our travellers
Starting in Jul-2018, 7 of our travellers have recorded their wildlife sightings at Mkulumadzi.
Lion

29% success

Leopard

29% success

Cheetah

0% success

Eland

100% success

Elephant

100% success

Hippo

100% success

Sable antelope

100% success

Buffalo

86% success

Zebra

86% success

Black Rhino

33% success

Roan antelope

29% success

Spotted Hyena

29% success

Aardvark

0% success

Giraffe

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

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Duration
Arrival date
Mr & Mrs A
Malaysia

"Mkulumadzi Lodge was a disappointment."

3 nights Arrived 10 Jul 2013
"This lodge has the most fantastic situation of any we have been to, The rooms are second to none and it has every facility you could ever need.Furthermore for part of the time we were the only guests and had first class attention from all the staff. It is a perfect place to take time out and relax.

However we went there for game viewing intent on seeing the black rhino of which there are said to be 12. They also claim a population of all the Big 5. But what a disaster the game drives turned out to be.

First of all the weather was quite unseasonal, cold, blowing and often raining. But the lodge had the solution - overall waterproof ponchos and blankets, suitable for almost any wet weather. Consequently we set off on the first cool evening to find that the guide had only provided one blanket between the two of us and had failed to test the night lamp which was defective.. I froze and the night drive was uneventful!

On the following morning we set off early for a full day game drive to try and find the Rhinos. When the rain set in at 10.00am we discovered that the guide had failed to pack the ponchos and the hot flask of cofee was cold. We abandoned the drive and I made a complaint to the manager which resulted in us being given a new guide that afternoon.

So we did a simple but pleasant drive and boat safari with new guide Samuel complete with ponchos and blankets. He really pulled out all the stops to save the day and to a point he succeeded,

Our final day we set out an hour earlier than normal with Samuel to try and find the rhino and others of the Big 5. We drove for more than 12 hours covering many miles in the park but the nearest we got to the Big 5 was a single buffalo. Samuel and Scout Mike really tried hard but the animals were just not there.

So to conclude we suffered at the beginning by carelessness of the guide and his management who failed to check the vehicle facilities were correct. Samuel did all he could, but we would never recommend Mkulumadzi as anything other than a place to unwind, never as a game viewing destination." See all these reviews: 15n in Zambia; 4n in Malawi; 3n in Botswana
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Good
Activities:
Poor
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Good
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr R
Guernsey

"Amazing Lodge Superbly run Fantastic Food"

4 nights Arrived 8 Oct 2012
"This was the highlight of our trip.

The Managers were exceptional. This is the best run lodge we have ever been to. The continued attention to detail was fabulous.

The quality and presentation of the food was just amazing. The Chef produced a stream of wonderful meals. Service was faultless.

A perfect stay." See all these reviews: 11n in Malawi
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
E & D
New Mexico

"Mkulumadzi Lodge review"

3 nights Arrived 11 Jul 2012
"We had 3 very nice days here. There's the wonderful Shire River as the water feature, a variety of habitats to explore on land, a good variety of birds and wildlife and plenty to fill our days. Chris and his staff were fantastic.

The food was, unfortunately, the worst we have had in Africa. Their attempt at gourmet fell flat, and we were actually looking forward to the dry cereal every morning. Too bad, as it made an otherwise lovely stay memorable for the wrong reasons." See all these reviews: 11n in Zimbabwe; 6n in Malawi; 1n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Terrible
Facilities:
Excellent
Ms L
Boston

"Mkulumadzi Lodge review"

6 nights Arrived 3 Jun 2012
"Mkulumadzi is a really stunning lodge.

My chalet had a great view of the river and it was nice to fall asleep at night to the sound of the river. The chalet uses solar power and has electrical outlets, a mini fridge, and an air conditioning system for the bed. The main lodge area was very nice and the camp staff and hosts were very friendly and accommodating.

The game is less dense than in other parks I've visited, but I still had a wide range of sightings including several animals and birds that were new sightings for me." See all these reviews: 6n in Malawi; 4n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Good
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
Mr M & Ms O
UK

"Only the food lets them down."

2 nights Arrived 21 Oct 2011
"After two night's at lovely Thawale moved on to Mkulumadzi beautiful place Mark the host excellent, total luxury slight downside the food was pretty naff. Cannot understand why these upmarket lodges go out of there way to supply super posh nosh that basically is crap.

When in Africa after a hot day, with early starts etc you just want a hearty meal not unedible nouveau cuisine. Crispy lasange wings or what!
For that reason much preferred Thawale." See all these reviews: 6n in Malawi; 2n in Zambia
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Good

Mr E & Mrs V
Kent

"Mkulumadzi review"

6 nights Arrived 5 Oct 2011
"My wife and I went for a 6 night stay at Mkulumadzi. It rates as the best holiday we have ever had. The location is wonderful, the lodge being the prime site within the reserve and having its own concession with sole access. This makes it feel like you have the place to yourselves a lot of the time and are really seeing an unspoilt Africa.

The variety of game is excellent and we were consistently shown new sightings and areas, this is no drive around the same areas as everybody else and see semi-tame animals. We cannot recommend highly enough the walking safari options, taken with an excellent guide and a scout it give a completely different feel to the bush and sightings of any animals, particularly the big game, seeming to bring all your senses alive.

The accommodation is outstanding. The rooms are just as in the pictures on Expert Africa and are absolute top quality. Sleeping with the side open to the elements gave the place a feel somewhere between absolute luxury and a night under the stars, a perfect mix. The main lodge where meals are taken is another fabulous structure, open on all sides with a thatched roof. Breakfast was taken whilst watching the hippos/crocs/baboons/antelope take their morning drinks just metres away, and dinner (which was of the highest standard and presented beautifully) under the stars.

The service was always courteous, discrete, professional and very thoughtful.

In short, this place has everything I would want from a holiday and was a brilliant safari. It is run by Robin Pope and we will definitely be booking another RPS safari in the future." See all these reviews: 7n in Malawi
Experience Report
Overall Rating:
Excellent

Location:
Excellent
Service:
Excellent
Activities:
Excellent
Rooms:
Excellent
Food:
Excellent
Facilities:
Excellent
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26 reviews of Mkulumadzi by travellers since August 2007
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